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Welcome to the Northern Chamber Orchestra

“Musically, it's exceptional… the Northern Chamber Orchestra play with terrific dexterity and panache for conductor Stephen Barlow.

Buxton Festival 2012 / The Guardian


The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

"Under the leadership of Nicholas Ward … the NCO is now one of the best chamber orchestras in Britain… The vitality of the playing, with a lively ensemble, is a great tribute to the corporate talents of the players…"

 Lots to look forward to in 2015 - including concerts in Macclesfield, Warrington and Halton and, of course, Buxton Festival!

NCO's 2014 - 2015 Macclesfield Heritage Centre Season: 4th concert - Saturday 17 January 

Classic Viennese Whirls & Waltzes at The Brindley, Runcorn - Sunday 25 January at 3pm

Our Macclesfield season continues with Jennifer Pike in January; exceptional soprano, Elizabeth Watts in February; superb pianists, Stephen Hough (March) and Ian Fountain (April) and NCO's very own soloists in May.

At The Brindley in Runcorn we're presenting a Viennese concert in January, and Martin Roscoe, one of the country's most popular pianists, joins us in March.

Featuring Jennifer Pike, violin - performing Sibelius Violin Concerto

"One of the finest violinists performing today...she brings flair, passion and a burgeoning maturity to Sibelius' great concerto."  Classic FM

Early booking is advised.


Once again, the NCO is the 'Orchestra in Residence' for Buxton Festival; accompanying the main opera productions and presenting its own concerts as part of the festival.

Programme also includes: Mozart Symphony no 18 in F and Bizet Symphony in C.

Timeless, popular classics by the Strauss family and other Viennese masters, including: Die Fledermaus Overture; Blue Danube Waltz; Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna and the Gold and Silver Waltz.

Macclesfield concerts start at 7.30pm

The Brindley, Runcorn concerts start at 3pm

Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Concerts start 7.30pm

9.40pm approx end time


The Brindley, Runcorn 

Concert starts 3pm

5.10pm approx end time


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